Cystoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows the doctors to get a direct look into the bladder, urethra, and prostate.
A cystoscopy is performed using a cystoscope. A cystoscope is a small hollow tube with a lens and a light that allows visualization of the bladder.
A cystoscopy can be done in the office or scheduled as an outpatient surgery. This procedure takes only a few minutes and the patient can return home the same day.
This procedure allows the doctor to look inside the bladder to make an evaluation to help diagnose a problem, take a tissue biopsy if needed, and is used to treat certain bladder problems.
Condition it treats:
Bleeding, blockages, or abnormalities of the bladder or urethra.
What happens during the procedure:
Using a cystocope, the urologist expands the bladder with water or saline to receive a more detailed view of the bladder and diagnose any possible conditions. The procedure normally only takes 5 – 10 minutes.